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Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Pan Fried Chicken with Broccoli Brown Rice, a dinner idea!

Cooking almost every meal we eat is my kitchen style, and requires a bit of creative license to use what we have on hand in the pantry. Often times we will be eating dinner and my husband will turn to me and say, "are you going to blog this?” That is how a dinner idea came to be...not really a recipe, but too good, not to share.

I like to prep ahead basic food, such as cooked brown rice or oatmeal that is perfect to reheat when breakfast sneaks up on you

I had pulled the chicken out to thaw and had no idea what I might like to make, so I took a look around in the fridge and freezer to find I had cooked brown rice, diced onions, and half a bag of organic broccoli at my disposal, so we had Pan Fried Chicken with Broccoli Brown Rice for our dinner. You could adapt this idea with any cut of chicken you have or prefer, we had found thighs at the market at a reasonable price, so I bought two packages. Come and take a look, this is an easy one pan dinner. Along with some ideas to change it up, if desired.

Some additional thoughts on this dinner idea;

Add any favorite seasonings that you enjoy, some of our favorites are garlic, oregano and thyme.  

When using garlic and oregano stir in a half cup of crumbled feta to the broccoli rice mixture. 

Out of broccoli? Any vegetable will work, but do consider mixed frozen vegetables, for a colorful option. 

Ingredients needed for this dinner idea:
  • chicken
  • cooked brown rice
  • frozen broccoli 
  • diced onion
  • flour
  • salt
  • pepper
You will also need the following:
  • small plate
  • large frying pan with lid
  • kitchen fork or tongs
Now we are ready to begin!

Pan Fried Chicken with Broccoli Brown Rice.
by the seat of my pants, a dinner idea

The only ingredients not shown in this photo are olive oil and butter. Place a knob of butter (about one tablespoon) and a splash of olive oil (about one tablespoon) into the frying pan over medium heat, add the diced onions and let them start cooking. 

Sauté the onions over medium heat, while you dip the chicken in flour. 

I am not a "shake it all together in a bag" kind of cook. I prefer to dip the meat into flour on a plate, then season the breaded meat in the frying pan as it browns. 

Push the onions to the center of the frying pan, then add the floured chicken pieces. Season as desired with salt and pepper. While you want the heat at a medium high for the meat, the onions will over brown if not careful. 

As the onions became golden brown, I simply scooped them up and placed them on top of the chicken. Let fry for about 10 minutes before turning, however before turning over, check for a nice rich golden brown color on the chicken, that is where the flavor is!

Easy method to avoid burning the  onions!

With the first side browned, you can turn the heat down a bit, and cover with a lid. 

Let cook for about 15 minutes or until done. Pierce with a fork (the meat will be tender) or use a meat thermometer, the temperature should be at least 165 degrees.

Remove the fried chicken from the frying pan (to save another plate, I place it right in the lid!), add the broccoli and brown rice to the drippings in the frying pan. Season with more salt and pepper if desired. Mix together gently. 

Add the fried chicken pieces back to the frying pan evenly over the broccoli and rice mixture. Cover with the lid and let cook another 5-10 minutes as need to cook the broccoli to your preference. Remove the lid and let excess moisture cook out if needed. Serve. 

To round out this meal, I suggest a salad, like...



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  1. WOW, pinned, I visited you via Creative Muster Link-Up Party 541

  2. Looks good. Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedLinkParty 116. Pinned.

  3. Judee from Gluten Free A-Z Blog: Sometimes ideas as just as helpful as a recipe. This looks really good and practical for an easy dinner.

  4. Looks delicious, and I love how simple it is. Visiting from SSPS.

    1. Hello Jennifer, thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate it.

  5. This is definitely my kinda meal! Looks so super good.

  6. This tastes great and it's so easy to cook, it's one of the dishes I could eat all the time.


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